In a recent interview to a leading technology publication CK Prasad, Head-IT & Regional GM, RailTel Corporation, revealed that new technologies implemented in RailTel encompass modernization of datacentre and creating a SDDC infrastructure branded as Rail Cloud Platform. Datacentre modernisation will be followed by deployment of Industrial IoT technology based on Industry 4.0.
Managed services, Web Analytics, Security-as-a-Service, Backup-as-a-Service are some of the other key technology projects in the pipeline.
Recently, RailTel has also deployed a secure digital workspace solution, based on NIC eOffice application, for Indian Railways on its Rail Cloud Platform to transform workplace and business flow while optimising efficiency and productivity.
IoT-based Industry 4.0 is being implemented for one of the workshops at the NIC eOffice where the application is being expanded to cover other users during Q4 of FY 2019-20. Managed services (IaaS) are being provided to various customers across Govt, PSU and Enterprises.
Another use case is design and deployment of e-DAS (Drawing Approval System) application to digitize the manual process from Design to Approval of Engineering & Signalling designs and drawings for Zonal Railways. The application reduces the cycle time for approval through collaborative process between various functional units.
Indian Railways-owned RailTel Corporation is one of the largest neutral telecom service provider with an optical fibre network spanning 50,000 kms. RailTel has deployed one of the largest public wifi networks in the country covering 5500+ railway stations, which are managed from a cloud platform. The public WiFi services ‘Railwire’ is currently being used being used by more than 2 million users.